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Editorial: Can individual action solve climate change?

Can individual action solve climate change? This is an important question and I feel as though individual action is often touted as the be-all and end-all of stopping climate change. Mainstream media often alludes to the fact that all we need to do is change our lightbulbs, adjust our diet,

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The Red Squirrel and their Plight For Survival

The red squirrel is one of Britain’s most treasured native species, but their numbers have plummeted in recent years. Rebecca Gibson shares the problems that these charismatic mammals are facing and what is being done to protect them. There are five red squirrels hopping and sniffing in the grassy clearing.

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A Greener Tomorrow

Feilidh Dwyer is a writer and communicator based in Wellington and holds an international MA in journalism and globalisation. He shares his thoughts on how the world’s Covid-19 response may be instructive for our ongoing fight against climate change.   Covid-19 has brought devastation to communities across the globe, robbing people

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Hearty Mushroom Lentil Pie

In this recipe, I have used the iconic Shepherd’s Pie recipe and swapped the lamb mince for vegetables. It is important to use vegetables that are in season and support your local Farmer’s market if it is accessible for you. If leeks are not available you can substitute with onion

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Grow your own Forest

Every month we'll plant 15 trees to make sure that you're offsetting your carbon footprint. We've partnered with The Eden Reforestation Projects to plant mangrove trees in madagascar. We plant Mangrove trees because studies show they sequester up to 4 times the amount of carbon than that of mature tropical forests. Each tree also helps provide habitat for wildlife, stop soil erosion and provides employment for those living in extreme poverty.

A more holistic solution than a traditional carbon offset

Traditional carbon offsets have been criticized for treating the symptom and not the cause of climate change. While it is true that they do have an impact, they alone do not decarbonise an entire economy. The major problem we face is that governments are not incentivised to pursue policies that reduce carbon emissions because most people do not understand the severity and urgency of climate change. Supporting important journalism you can trust is one of the most powerful things you can do to fight climate change. Our stories focus on a diverse range of topics, shed light on important issues and inspire change for the betterment of people and planet. This is why Pay our Planet is a holistic solution for fighting climate change.

Live Low Carbon

It's vital that we actively make an effort to reduce our emissions as well as offsetting the greenhouse gasses we are causing. Pay our Planet writes articles about how to live a more sustainable life. From tips and tricks to sustainable recipes we'll make sure you can do all you can to reduce your carbon emissions. For many, people's diet is a big part of reducing emissions, which is why we have an entire section of the magazine dedicated to sustainable cooking.

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

100% of your money goes to the tree planting, journalism and operations of the business. We do not take a profit from your subscription. In the future we hope to pay for the operations side of the business by offering environmental services and sponsored posts to eco friendly businesses. 

Individual action is an important part of the solution for fighting climate change. It’s why every one of our subscribers plants 15 trees per month, becomes carbon positive and gets advice on how to reduce their own carbon emissions. However the most important part of the solution is making sure that governments have sound environmental policies. Your contribution funds us to search the world for important stories,  that helps keep the population informed on environmental issues and educates them to vote. This is why we are confident that our digital magazine is a holistic and effective way for individuals to alleviate climate change.

Trees do something called ‘Sequestering Carbon’ which basically means that trees capture and store carbon in their trunk and roots. This is mother nature’s way of keeping the carbon in our atmosphere at safe levels. Moreover trees help stop soil erosion, create wildlife habitats, provide local communities with food, and tree planting provides stable employment for local families.

This is answer is from our tree planting partner Eden Reforestation.

  • We work carefully with all levels of government to secure written agreements designating the restoration sites as protected in perpetuity. 
  • We hire local villagers to plant the trees. In this way, we alleviate extreme poverty within the impacted community. The villagers now have an economic incentive to ensure the wellbeing of the restoration project. They also have a sense of “ownership” over the trees and restored forest and they protect it with great care.
  • A minimum of 10% of the trees to be planted are agroforestry species (fruit, fodder and construction species designed to provide food security and benefit legitimate human needs). Over time these trees become a source of sustainable income.
  • We do all possible to supply the local villagers with alternative fuel sources (fuel efficient dry wood stoves and solar parabolic stoves), which reduces and or eliminates their dependence on charcoal.
  • We also hire forest guards as part of the labor force. Forest guards are part of the overall budget.
  • Most significantly, we have seen the villagers fall in love with THEIR forest. They also recognize and benefit from the restored forest through increase in fisheries, improved farming, cleaner water and the formation of micro enterprises

From our tree planting partner Eden Reforestation.

Ah no. While it may seem at odds with our mission we want to plant billions of trees and make sure everyone has the tools they need  to fight climate change. To do this we need to access capital to scale up our operations and give equity in lieu of cash to agencies and employees.  

On average, each mangrove tree removes over 680lbs (308kg) of CO2 from the atmosphere over the growth life of the tree. This calculates to an average of 185lbs (12.3kg) per year per tree.

The average amount of CO2 an individual produces per year varies deoending on a number of factors, including the individuals lifestyle choices and where they live. People who do a lot of travelling tend to emit a lot more than the average person. Western countries tend to be high carbon emitters. For example the average Australian emits 24 tons of CO2 per year. Planting 180 Mangrove trees per year through Pay Our Planet does more than enough to offset these emissions.

We are always looking for top quality writers who have something to say about the planet and its people. Please send your pitch and a writing sample to editor@payourplanet.com

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